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If you’re considering vision correction surgery, you’ve probably heard of LASIK. But have you heard of SMILE eye surgery? As a relatively new and minimally invasive procedure, some have said SMILE has revolutionized laser vision correction. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits, risks, and everything you need to know about SMILE eye surgery and how it compares to LASIK.
Compared to LASIK, SMILE offers several benefits, potentially including fewer complications and faster recovery times.
Here are some key advantages of undergoing SMILE eye surgery for smile patients.
Despite its advantages, SMILE eye surgery is not without risks. Potential complications include inflammation, dry eye, and over or under-correction.
Before undergoing SMILE surgery, patients must undergo a thorough eye examination to confirm eligibility and receive instructions for surgery and post-operative care. In addition to the eye exam, the main two things that are needed are the prescription of the patient and the corneal tomography scans.
In conclusion, SMILE eye surgery presents a promising alternative to traditional LASIK surgery. With its minimally invasive nature, suitability for thin corneas, and reduced risk of complications, SMILE has become an increasingly popular choice for vision correction. As with any surgical procedure, it is essential to discuss your individual needs and concerns with a qualified doctor to determine the best course of action for you.
SMILE eye surgery is a laser eye procedure that only uses 1 laser, doesn't create a flap, and corrects refractive errors with a small opening by reshaping the cornea.
SMILE eye surgery is permanent for those with stable prescriptions and typically does not require further treatment.
If a patient has a big prescription or is above the age of 45, the healing time can be slower with SMILE eye surgery. However, these occur on a case-to-case basis. Talk to one of LASIK San Antonio's experts to discuss if SMILE is the best option for your specific needs.
The main difference between SMILE and LASIK surgery is that SMILE uses a femtosecond laser to create a small opening in the cornea and remove a lens-shaped piece of tissue, while LASIK creates a corneal flap before using an excimer laser through photoablation to reshape the cornea.
The SMILE surgery typically takes only a few minutes per eye, with the laser portion lasting approximately 30 seconds.